Millburn Speech and Debate is one of the largest organizations at Millburn High School, with over 100 members.  Throughout the school year, the team travels to tournaments at the regional, state, and national levels.

Students compete in the following events: Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate, Public Forum Debate,  Extemporaneous Speaking, Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, Original Oratory, Declamation, Prose Reading, Poetry Reading, Oral Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and Improvisational Acting.

The Millburn Speech and Debate team competes in the New Jersey Forensic League, the Newark Catholic Forensic League, and the National Speech and Debate Association.

Any Millburn High School student may join the team at the beginning of the season.  The tournament season begins in September and concludes in March with national championships held April - June. For more information please peruse this site.

Contact Us

Advisor: Maria Vazquez,


student executive board

Co-Presidents: Eden Elder and Kevin Wang
Vice-Presidents of Fundraising: Anna Bansal and Joy Luo
Vice-President of Student Outreach: Sanah Singh
Vice-President of Community Outreach: Charlie Davis
Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion: Jessica Gulati and Hannah Rubinstein
Team Secretary: Hannah Hirsch

student event captains

(Please note that the executive board students also work as event captains)
Speech - Limited Preparation Captains: Sarah Vesecky
Speech - Platform Speaking and Interp Captains: Ashley Wang and Jeannie Zhao
Congressional Debate Captains: Yani Iben, Henry Josephson, and Anusha Kejriwal
Public Forum Captains: Somil Agarwal, Vikram Mahendru, and Savannah Prager.
Lincoln Douglas Captains: Amanda Huang and Anusha Veluri.

Speech and Debate Leagues and Associations


The NJSDL is the state organization that governs most local tournaments. This organization hosts the State Championships at the end of each season. Visit this site for information on events, participating schools, and the season calendar.


Millburn belongs to the Newark Diocese of the NCFL. This site has information on competition events specific to the league and details regarding the Grand National tournament held each May. 


The NSDA is the national organization for all speech and debate programs. They issue all debate topics, manage the honor society, and hold the largest national tournament each June. Visit this site for a comprehensive collection of resources for all events, judge training, and honor society details.